I’ve been painting ever since I was little, but somehow, watercolors never remained in my rotation for very long. It’s a shame because watercolor techniques can produce beautiful painterly effects, and some of my favorite artists these days work in the medium. Luckily, this watercolor tutorial from Michelle requires no previous experience; it uses simple household materials like coffee and salt to create cool visual effects in the application of the paint. Not only are you learning how to make an original piece of art, but you can also use Michelle’s technique to give maps, prints and paper of all kinds an unusual, antique look. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! — Kate
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- freshly brewed espresso
- cobalt blue watercolour paint
- 140wt coldpress watercolour paper
- watercolour brushes (one wide for washes & one thin for strokes)
- white drafting eraser
- sea salt
- masking tape
- brown ink pen
- tracing paper (optional)
1. Make yourself two Americanos — shouldn’t every project begin this way?! One for you, and one for the project. Alternatively, strong brewed coffee or even tea will work.